Therese Murray http://wamc.org en Groups Seek To Put Minimum Wage On Mass. Ballot http://wamc.org/post/groups-seek-put-minimum-wage-mass-ballot-0 <p></p><p></p><p>Supporters of a higher minimum wage for Massachusetts workers say they'll go directly to the voters next year if lawmakers don't act first.</p><p>The state's current minimum wage is $8 an hour and hasn't been increased since 2008.</p><p>A coalition of groups called Raise Up Massachusetts also wants to enact a statewide earned sick time policy.</p><p>Senate President Therese&nbsp;Murray has signaled her desire to bring up a minimum wage bill, though she has not yet backed any specific proposal.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:35:15 +0000 Jaired Crofut 69968 at http://wamc.org Groups Seek To Put Minimum Wage On Mass. Ballot Groups Seek To Put Minimum Wage On Mass. Ballot http://wamc.org/post/groups-seek-put-minimum-wage-mass-ballot <p>Supporters of a higher minimum&nbsp;wage for workers in Massachusetts hope to place the issue in front of voters next year. The state's current minimum&nbsp;wage is $8 an hour and hasn't been increased since 2008.</p><p>A coalition of groups called Raise Up Massachusetts plans rallies at the Statehouse and other locations on Wednesday to discuss a proposed ballot question for November 2014 that would hike the minimum&nbsp;wage while also guaranteeing earned sick time for workers.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:12:34 +0000 Jaired Crofut 69889 at http://wamc.org Groups Seek To Put Minimum Wage On Mass. Ballot Mass. Lawmakers To Consider Transportation Veto http://wamc.org/post/mass-lawmakers-consider-transportation-veto <p>Massachusetts could finally have a transportation financing law soon, though it may not be the version Governor Deval Patrick wanted.</p><p>House Speaker Robert&nbsp;DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray say they expect Patrick's veto of the bill be taken up in both chambers on Wednesday.</p><p>Both leaders said on Monday they expected the veto to be overridden.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:49:46 +0000 Jaired Crofut 69795 at http://wamc.org Mass. Lawmakers To Consider Transportation Veto Mass. Gov. Patrick's tax plan meets mixed reviews http://wamc.org/post/mass-gov-patricks-tax-plan-meets-mixed-reviews-0 <p></p><p>BOSTON (AP) — Lawmakers are giving mixed reviews to Gov. Deval Patrick's call to hike the state's income tax while also cutting the sales tax.</p><p>Senate President Therese Murray said she applauded Patrick's ambition but added the "the devil's in the details."</p><p>Fellow Democrat, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, said Patrick's proposal gives lawmakers a lot of food for thought, but said he didn't think the proposal could pass or fail based just on what Patrick said.</p><p>Republicans lawmakers were more critical.</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:24:53 +0000 Associated Press 55926 at http://wamc.org Mass. Gov. Patrick's tax plan meets mixed reviews